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German propaganda poster, WW1

German propaganda poster, encouraging women to work in the Home Army during the First World War, for example by working in munitions factories to make grenades for soldiers to use. Date: 1914-1918

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Duty Effort Employment Factories Grenade Grenades Hero Heroic Magdeburg Manufacture Munitions Office Propaganda Recruit Recruitment Weapons


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This evocative German propaganda poster from the First World War era, dated between 1914 and 1918, showcases a determined and heroic woman in an office setting, donning a helmet and holding a grenade, as she gazes intently towards the viewer. The caption above reads, "Recruitment for the Home Army - Your Effort is Needed in the Munitions Factories!" During the tumultuous years of the First World War, Germany faced a critical shortage of manpower on the battlefield. In response, the German government launched an ambitious campaign to encourage women to join the workforce and support the war effort by working in munitions factories. This poster is a powerful reminder of the crucial role women played in the manufacturing of weapons, such as grenades, that were essential to the survival of soldiers on the front lines. The poster's design effectively conveys the sense of duty and patriotism that was expected of German women during this time. The woman's stern expression and the use of military iconography, such as the helmet and grenade, underscore the importance of her role in the war effort. The office setting, with its typewriter and papers, highlights the idea that women could contribute to the war effort while continuing to perform their traditional roles as secretaries and administrative workers. This historical image offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways in which propaganda was used to mobilize the German population during the First World War and the critical role that women played in the war effort, both on the home front and in the factories that produced the weapons that sustained the German military.

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